Arizona Cardinals' Adrian Wilson among big-name cuts
By Marc Sessler
Published: March 08, 2013 at 7:45 AM PST
Modified: March 08, 2013 at 10:33 AM PST
Welcome to the silly season.
Teams around the league are chopping down rosters and dumping salaries ahead of the NFL's three-day negotiating period for unrestricted free agents, which launches at 12:00 a.m. ET Saturday. Here's a quick look at some of the bigger names released as free agency nears.
Adrian Wilson , Safety, Arizona Cardinals : Wilson, a five-time Pro Bowl er, spent the past 12 seasons in Arizona after the Cardinals made him their third-round pick in 2001. At 33, his starting days might be over, but it's not implausible that Wilson -- now part of a strong group of free-agent defensive backs -- will catch on with another club.
Dawan Landry , Safety, Jacksonville Jaguars : The team's starting safety was released Friday after signing a five-year, $27.5 million deal with the Jaguars in 2011. It's clear Gus Bradley is rebooting the machine in a secondary that ranked 22nd against the pass last season.
Aaron Ross , Cornerback, Jaguars : More changes for the Jags. Ross was released by the team Friday just one season into the three-year, $9.75 million contract he signed in 2012. That leaves Kevin Rutland and Mike Harris as the only corners under contract in Jacksonville.
Chris Gamble , Cornerback, Carolina Panthers : The team announced the move Friday. Gamble's release saves Carolina $7.9 million against the salary cap , according to reports. Gamble turns 30 on Monday ... Happy Birthday?
Atari Bigby , Safety, San Diego Chargers : The Chargers signed the seven-year veteran during the 2012 offseason, but his campaign was hampered by a groin injury that landed him on injured reserve. Bigby finished fourth on the team in total tackles with 79.
Bobbie Williams , Guard, Baltimore Ravens : The Ravens on Friday terminated the contract of guard Bobbie Williams , who was due $1.2 million this season. The 37-year-old veteran battled an ankle injury this year and started just six games.
We'll continue to update this trail of tears, so stay tuned.
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